Title

(R)evolution: From Edelleute to Edelmenschen – Bertha von Suttner’s Pathway to Peace

Publication Date

2014

Journal

Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies

Volume

50

Issue

1

First Page

34

Last Page

50

Abstract

This article explores Bertha von Suttner's concept of the Edelmensch (noble human being) as depicted in her anti-war novel, Lay Down Your Arms. It shows how central the bellicose nation-state was to the identities – national, social, and gender – of Suttner's peers and the ways in which she attempts to help them rethink their identities. It also shows her indebtedness to the little-known English historian, Thomas Henry Buckle.

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